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Box Score Bits: Granderson homers twice

7/26/2010

New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson homered twice and stole a base Sunday, which is what fantasy owners thought they'd get all season. Instead, Granderson has yet to reach double digits in either category, and the home runs were Granderson's first in a month. You might want to sell high after Sunday's performance rather than expect more.

Philadelphia Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ made his first major league start since mid-April on Sunday, allowing three runs in five innings. Happ issued four walks, which has been his problem lately in the minors as well. Owned in 42.3 percent of ESPN.com leagues, he's unlikely to thrive as he did in his rookie season unless he controls the walks.

Minnesota Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla hit three singles Sunday, as he looks to capitalize with incumbent Orlando Hudson being placed on the disabled list this past weekend. Casilla stole a base Saturday; he has 30 steals in 34 attempts in his career. Those in AL-only leagues should take notice.

Houston Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez held the Cincinnati Reds to one hit and no runs Sunday, winning for the fifth time in six starts. Rodriguez has been frustrating to own this season, but he's fanned 25 hitters in 26 July innings. It's time to trust Rodriguez again.

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Wade Davis won his third consecutive start Sunday, allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Davis hasn't permitted a home run in his past two outings. On Sunday, he induced 10 ground-ball outs, which is a harbinger that he's effectively turned his season around.

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee homered Sunday for only the second time in July. He also had his first multi-RBI game of the month. McGehee knocked in 41 runs by June 1 but has hit .233 with 14 RBIs since. It's more likely that Sunday's home run was the aberration for McGehee, who otherwise has struggled for two months. He's still owned in 99.8 percent of leagues but doesn't deserve to be.